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"It sounds crazy, I know, but I actually thought I did love him," said Emma.
The people in Emma's life became concerned for her. "Maybe he’s not who he says he is. He could be an old man. Or he could be a psycho," said one of Emma's coworkers. "I didn’t want to listen to them, or believe for one moment that this lovely man I’d fallen for wasn’t who he said he was," remembered Emma.
Emma couldn't shake the nagging feeling that something was a bit off about Ronnie, so she began to do some investigating.
She downloaded an app called Reverse Image Search and uploaded Ronnie's picture. Instantly, pictures of a Turkish model named Adam Guzel popped up. Emma began searching for Adam Guzel on the Internet. "Seeing images of this man I thought I was in love with, leading a life I knew nothing about in a different country, was so shocking I felt winded," said Emma
Emma decided that she needed to confront the man that she thought she was in love with for the last eight months.
When she asked "Ronnie" who Adam Guzel was, he insisted that it was a name that he used to go by when he was a model. She demanded that they video chat, but he refused. Not too long after that, "Ronnie" sent Emma a picture that revealed that everything "Ronnie" told her was a lie.
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The man sent Emma a picture of an aquarium visit, so she decided to do a reverse image search on it.
The search brought Emma to a TripAdvisor review written by Alan Stanley. After that, Emma was able to find his Twitter account. Instead of the young Italian man Emma thought she was speaking to, she was, in fact, talking to a 50-something-year-old balding man. The next time the man called her, Emma asked him if he was Alan Stanley. He denied it and told her that she had some serious trust issues.
He eventually called back and confessed to all of the horrible things he did.
She was devastated and heartbroken. But she didn't want this to happen to another person, so she decided to contact the real man, Adam Guzel, to let him know what this man was doing with his photographs. Adam had something like this happen to him in the past, but this time was different.
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